Tasmania to participate in initiative to reduce red tape for business

Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack was in Launceston on Monday, talking to small business owners on the back of the announcement Tasmania will be participating in the federal government's National Business Simplification Initiative. 

The initiative aims to remove red tape across all levels of government, making business easier and simpler.

It will streamline all dealings with government and to make it simpler for people to find, understand and access services when starting, running and growing their businesses. 

“We’re trying to, and we are, making sure that duplication is eliminated at every stage of federal, state and certainly local government,” Mr McCormack said. 

“We absolutely need to reduce red tape that’s one of the things which is inhibiting small business.”

Local family business Phil Hughes Office Solutions has been operating in Launceston since 1997. Sales manager Ryan Hughes said removing red tape would have a knock on effect through all levels of business, freeing up time and money which would then be invested in the Tasmanian economy. 

“If I could cut the amount of time I spend making sure everything’s right, I could actually get back to doing my job, which is selling products and servicing my customers and improving my service proposition,” he said. 

If I could cut the amount of time I spend making sure everything’s right, I could actually get back to doing my job - Ryan Hughes

“The amount of time that we spend .. making sure everything's ticked and flicked, it’s frustrating.”

Tasmania is one of the first states to sign up to the initiative. Sectors that deal with multiple layers of government regulation will be targeted in the scheme, to create single entry and assessment points for commonwealth, state and local government approvals. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction Roger Jaensch thinks removing red tape will have a stimulatory effect.

“It’s about making business easier to do, less of a regulatory burden,” he said. 

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